My son turned 2 months old last week. Why are you cheering? Why does everyone cheer when I say that? Could it be because they see the look of pure exhaustion in my brown eyes? A two month old does not care for most things, and sleep is chief among them. While my wife takes a turn at sleeping, I stroll around the house with my offspring in whatever position is remotely acceptable at the time.
We talk about many different things, well I talk he mostly just stares at me. I speak of the world he has been born into and the people that inhabit it. Together we review my Twitter feed, and he listens or appears to listen as I complain about numerous and varied issues.
Last night as we repeated our nightly ritual I came across what may have been the most disturbing “tweet” I have ever read. Long story short (shorter than 130 characters?) My friend, a conservative, feels that with the Romney nomination he is forced to vote for Obama. First, let me say that everyone is entitled to vote for whomever they wish. No one need state their reasoning for choosing a candidate, but since my friend chose to do so here we go:
So at the behest of my son (by behest I mean screaming fit aimed at getting me to shut up) I emailed my friend and asked him If he would explain his thought process on his selection for president.
He sent back four words “Romney’s not conservative enough”
It is good that I was already not getting any sleep, because the lack of logic in use by this gentleman would keep a sane person up for weeks. The GOP nominee is not conservative enough, so I am going to vote for the most liberal president in history? “Romney and I don’t see eye to eye on some of the issues.” Really, could you list all of the issues on which you and Mr. Obama agree?…no really take some time…I’ll wait. A conservative voting for Obama is like a cow voting for Ronald McDonald.
Then it occurred to me that our slavish devotion to a two party system has caused this problem. If there are only two choices one of them must be perfect. Right? Oh sure there will be third parties on the ballot but voting for them against an incumbent you don’t favor is statistically the same as voting for the incumbent.
I have no information that will help me sway the opinion of my friend. I can almost see him strolling through the polling place with his ballot. As he strides his way into the booth and stands there, pen in hand. Dangling the pen for just a second he lets out an evil laugh as he passes by the name of the politician that holds some of his principles and positions and marks the ballot for the opposite. Under his breath you can almost hear him mutter “that’ll show ’em”.
Our two party system is broken, but your vote should not be a tool by which you seek to punish the system. Casting a vote for someone you cannot remotely agree with just to prove a point is asinine and obnoxious. It is hardly what our founding fathers had in mind. It is an insult to our country and to ones self. Have some self respect, at least try to sell your vote first.